Stunning Woolacombe Bay Beach

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Fun on the sand and splashing in the shallows are why families check into hotels in Woolacombe, in the picturesque English county of Devon.

Why go?

It's the British seaside, so there are fish and chips and plenty of attractions too... Read more

Woolacombe is on the north coast of Devon and is a hugely popular surf spot and location for holidays in the sun during summer. Three miles of sands entice kids with buckets and spades while the swells of the Atlantic lure intrepid surfers.

Exmoor National Park is close by and there are some other beaches that are worthy of exploration just a short drive away.

Where to stay?

It's got all the traditional elements of the seaside so Woolacombe is naturally brimming with friendly B&Bs and good-value hotels... Read more

The winter population in Woolacombe hovers at around 1,000, but when the weather warms up crowds flock here and families, couples and groups occupy the rooms on offer. In Woolacombe, hotels are few and far between. Instead the area is populated with cosy guesthouses and welcoming bed and breakfasts, plus camping and caravan sites. The few hotels that do exist are always busy and provide an excellent base to stay. Book these as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Not that you will be dissatisfied with the guesthouses and B&Bs as these are of a very good standard. Some are dotted along the Esplanade, Woolacombe's main beach road, while others are nestled into the green hills that surround the resort.

There are accommodation options surrounding the nearby golf courses too, while the selection of hotels is larger in Ilfracombe, which is only a 10-minute drive away.

What to see?

Plenty of family activities can be enjoyed in Woolacombe... Read more

It's worth having a car at your disposal when you holiday in Woolacombe as some of the best attractions are a short drive away.

Top five attractions

Hit the beach

The undeniable star of the show in Woolacombe, the huge beach is packed with people when the sun shines. You can learn to surf if you fancy riding the waves.

Horse riding

Local stables will take you and your family on a horse-back tour of the lovely landscape.

Visit Lundy Island

You can see this island from Woolacombe. Book a boat trip to get a little closer and to see native British wildlife.

Exmoor Zoo

This zoo, which is only a 30-minute drive away, has plenty of hands-on exhibits for young animal lovers.

Exmoor National Park

This beauty spot is only 30 minutes away too. More than 200 square miles of British moorland, farmland and woodland can be explored. Take a walk, spot the famous Exmoor Ponies and stop off at a pleasant tearoom for a cuppa and a snack.

What's on?

From traditional customs to agricultural shows, events in Devon are varied and always welcoming... Read more

Woolacombe has a small showing of annual events, with the biggest and best happening close by in the county.


Devon County Show; May: It's a 90-minute journey to the showground in Exeter, but it's worth it for the fantastic display of rural life in Devon. There is much to see and do for all kinds of visitors, including agricultural displays, races, competitions and stalls where you can buy local produce.

The Hunting of the Earl of Rone; May: Be in nearby Combe Martin in late spring to see this rather bizarre and mysterious custom, which involves a four-day hunt for the 'Earl' and his eventual capture, parading on a donkey to the sea, shooting, re-mounting, and final ditching in the sea! Even the locals don't really know what it's about, but they have a good time anyway.

Ilfracombe Carnival; August: There's a lively procession of floats during this entertaining carnival. Families love the carnival spirit in pretty Ilfracombe.